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In these times, political catchword is certainty

Posted: 11/10/2008 - Fellow Americans, let us be clear: This news article will improve your life. Of that there can be no doubt. And those negative voices that disagree? They're fundamentally wrong. It is time, finally, to turn our backs on their failed notions.

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VP: A second banana in a country of firsts

Posted: 11/10/2008 - Beside a mighty river, tucked away in the shadow of a towering ribbon of asphalt that leads drivers into the Lincoln Tunnel and Manhattan beyond, sits a plot of land notable because of a two-century-old event that, for most Americans, is largely forgotten.

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When Washington is broken, enter the `outsider'

Posted: 11/10/2008 - Back in 1780, while the Revolutionary War still raged, a village in eastern Georgia had a notion. The hero of that uncertain hour was Gen. George Washington, and the community of Heard's Fort became the first of nearly 30 across the land to take his surname as its own.

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The morning after: Half of us will be disappointed

Posted: 11/10/2008 - The meteorologists tell us that Wednesday morning in southwestern Pennsylvania's largest city will be crisp and sunny with a high of 64. That's about all we know. Being a weather forecast, it offers nothing about the political climate that will have been created by the election the day before.

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Finally: Decision time for a deeply divided USA

Posted: 11/10/2008 - Rarely has an election been so anticipated. Rarely has a campaign gone on for so long and offered so many plot twists. And never in a generation have Americans and their talking heads expressed such certainty, such passion that the next president can change the national game so fundamentally and so entirely.

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A worried America chooses its course for change

Posted: 11/10/2008 - In a season of profound political and cultural fissures, the American people stood together at the ballot box Tuesday with a resounding chorus that drowned out their deep differences: Something, they said, has got to give.

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Bloody, then buddies: It's still the American way

Posted: 11/10/2008 - The seat of Clinton County sits along a river at the foot of a spectacular mountain range in rural central Pennsylvania. On Election Day, what happened here was a microcosm of American duality: Just 327 votes separated John McCain, who won the county, and Barack Obama, who didn't.

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Wall Street Dips as Economic Worries Take Over

Posted: 11/10/2008 - Wall Street erased an early rally Monday as enthusiasm about a $586 billion stimulus package in China fizzled and gave way to nervousness about how U.S. companies will survive a severe pullback in spending.

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Social workers boosting expertise on money woes

Posted: 11/10/2008 - Against the backdrop of the economic meltdown, a movement is building within the ranks of America's social workers to make their profession more adept at helping clients overcome financial woes.

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18-year-old abandoned under Neb. safe-haven law

Posted: 11/10/2008 - Police say a woman has abandoned her 18-year-old daughter at a hospital, saying she can't control the girl, in what may be the latest use of Nebraska's unique safe-haven law.

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Troubled half-century of urban renewal in SF

Posted: 11/10/2008 - Holding her cane and shuffling carefully down the sidewalk in the city's Jazz Preservation District, 88-year-old Leola King stopped and looked at the words stamped in concrete: Leola King's Birdcage, 1505 Fillmore.

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Cardinal urges Catholic lawmakers to follow faith

Posted: 11/10/2008 - The head of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops says Catholic lawmakers should follow their faith when setting public policy under a new presidential administration.

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GOP a dying breed in New England

Posted: 11/10/2008 - A generation ago the Republican Party was the dominant political force in New England, populating the region's congressional delegations with moderates like Connecticut's Lowell P. Weicker Jr. and Rhode Island's John Chafee.

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Churches across America reflect on Obama election

Posted: 11/10/2008 - Jubilation, pride and relief permeated pews and pulpits at predominantly black churches across the country on the first Sunday after Barack Obama's election, with congregrants blowing horns, waving American flags and raising their hands to the heavens.

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Protests sweep across Calif. on post-Prop 8 Sunday

Posted: 11/10/2008 - On the first Sunday after a gay marriage ban passed in California, activists rallied in defiance, including hundreds of protesters outside an Orange County megachurch whose pastor brought Barack Obama and John McCain together last summer for a "faith forum."

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Ariz. boy accused in slayings to appear in court

Posted: 11/10/2008 - An 8-year-old boy is due in court Monday to face two counts of premeditated murder in the shooting death of his father and a friend, a hearing on the same day mourners were to gather for a funeral.

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Farrakhan says Obama draws a 'oneness of spirit'

Posted: 11/10/2008 - After months of silence about his support for Barack Obama, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said in an address Sunday that the new president-elect has a God-given capacity to handle any burdens he'll face as the nation's leader.

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Nurse in Times Square war photo reunites with Navy

Posted: 11/10/2008 - A 90-year-old who says she's the woman being kissed by a sailor in Times Square in one of World War II's most famous photographs reunited in town with the Navy on Sunday - days before she is to serve as grand marshal of the city's Veterans Day parade.

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Titans keep winning, Lions keep losing

Posted: 11/10/2008 - The status quo remained unchanged. The surging Tennessee Titans keep winning, and the listless Detroit Lions keep losing. Kerry Collins threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns, and Tennessee beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 Sunday to stay perfect through nine games - despite rushing for just 20 yards, a franchise-low for a team that had been third in the league.

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Man questioned in Hudson case to stay in prison

Posted: 11/10/2008 - A parole review official on Monday refused to release the convicted felon questioned in the killings of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, after a witness reported seeing him with a gun similar to the one used in the slayings.

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